Document 10B: Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Aletta Jacobs, 11 January 1904, with 2-page lecturer flyer attached, ca. 1902

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman
179 West 76th Street, New York. U.S.A.

Jan. 11th 1904

Dear Dr. Jacobs;

   I am much pleased with what you tell me of the continued interest in my work in Holland; and hope it may continue from year to year as I add more books.

   Thank you for your kind invitation to visit you--perhaps I may take advantage of it.

   It has occurred to me that possibly I might lecture a little in England and Holland on my way to Germany for the [Berlin] Congress.[A] Can you tell me of what

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Bureau or Agency I might ask about this plan; or do you know of any person who could arrange a short series of lectures for me with a percentage of the profits for the last week in May perhaps, or the first week in June.

   I suppose prices are lower with you than with us. Here I get $50.00-$75.00 sometimes $100.00 for public lectures, and for small clubs a minimum of $25.00. If I could get six lectures--as near together as possible in Holland, I would do them for this minimum rate; and would be glad to give short addresses to womans clubs or churches free--little afternoon talks I mean.

   Then I could go pleasantly on to Germany from there--

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with some Dutch delegates perhaps.

   If you think this a feasible plan I will send on some lecture circulars.

   The main lines of my lectures work are these[:]

The Woman's Movement
The Child
The Home
The Nature of Work
The Social Organism
Social Ethics

   For this year I am planning a large new advance; a special lecture on the new phase of the Woman's Movement--which rests on Prof. Lester F. Ward's Gyneacocentric Theory.[B] This he has truly expounded in his last work, Pure Sociology. Macmillian Co. Publishers. You could get it from London no doubt. I consider this the most important

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contribution to the advance of woman ever given– not excepting my own theory, which I naturally think much of! I am going to speak on this subject at the Annual (Equal Suffrage) Convention in Washington this winter; and intend to make it my chief subject in Berlin. I am planning also a strong article on it for some of your leading magazines here; it is a tremendously important position.

   So that I could offer something distinctive and striking in the way of subject matter.

   I enclose an old circular[C]--it matters little what the lectures are called--it is all along the lines of applied sociology.

   Hoping to hear from you favorably on this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Charlotte Perkins Gilman


A. This conference of the International Council of Women was held in Berlin, June 6-11. 1904.
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B. Lester A. Ward (1841-1915) was a pioneering sociologist who advocated equal rights for women. He believed that social forces could be guided by human intelligence to achieve progress and rejected the then-dominant laissez-faire ideology of letting evolution take its own course. Ward promoted universal public schooling so that the public would have the knowledge needed to participate in a democratic society.
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C. This is probably a circular from the speakers' bureau that arranged for Gilman's speaking engagements. It is included at the end of the letter.
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